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Evolv and Convergint Partner on First Australian Deployment, Providing A Superior Screening Experience at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Evolv Technology, the leading security technology company pioneering AI-based screening to create safer experiences, recently announced its partnership with Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), the largest – and one of the oldest - sports clubs in Australia. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) hosted the Taylor Swift Era’s Tour in March, partnering with Evolv to help keep nearly 300,000 fans safe.

The partnership marks the first deployment of Evolv Express®, a detection screening system, in the country. It is also the largest single-stadium deployment of Express outside of the United States. Managed by Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Cricket Ground is a sports stadium in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria. The stadium uses 19 Express systems to screen up to 100,000 fans per event and all MCG staff.

Melbourne Cricket Club was introduced to Evolv by Convergint, which supplies Melbourne Cricket Ground with its other security technology. Evolv Express uses sensors combined with AI to differentiate between weapons and common metals people carry. At Melbourne Cricket Ground, Express will be integrated with Convergint’s video management system.

“We were looking for a more efficient entry experience for guests coming to the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” said Rey Sumaru, general manager of IT & innovation for the Melbourne Cricket Club. “The technology from Evolv has provided us with a more streamlined entry experience – helping minimize time spent in queues lines for fans, while still providing the safest environment possible.”

“There’s usually a large number of fans approaching the gates at the same time, about 15-to-30 minutes before an event,” said Nick Robertson, general manager, Convergint Australia. “There’s really only one solution that can handle that amount of people in such a short time, and that’s Express.”

Club leadership was made aware of Express through Convergint prior to seeing Express in action at SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, earlier last year. Following the visit, Evolv and Convergint worked quickly to have Express in use at Melbourne Cricket Ground by the end of 2023.

“Evolv is creating a safer world for people to work, learn, and play, and the work we have done alongside Convergint to bring Evolv to a new country – a new continent! – helps us reach even more people worldwide,” said Peter George, CEO of Evolv Technology.



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